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Bramall Lane (ATT 17,739) 27th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Webster

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Coventry City Coventry

Blades snatch points...again

By Ben Blackmore.   Last Updated: 27/08/05 2:50pm

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Debutant David Unsworth became an instant hero as his penalty earned all three points for Sheffield United, who overcame Coventry 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

Unsworth stepped up with just seconds remaining to smash his spot kick past Stephen Bywater to secure United's second consecutive last-minute league win.

The result was hard on The Sky Blues who more than matched the Championship table-toppers, after taking the lead through James Scowcroft. The former Leicester striker strolled onto a perfect slide-rule pass from Willo Flood before lifting the ball over Paddy Kenny.

However, Coventry's joy lasted only three minutes, and it was the pacy Steve Kabba who dragged The Blades back into the match. Kabba was an eleventh-hour inclusion in Neil Warnock's side after Danny Webber injured himself in the warm-up, but the striker was fully aware as he burst into the area to rifle home an unstoppable finish.

Micky Adams' side were then put under severe pressure when Matt Heath saw red for his second booking of the afternoon 30 minutes from time.

Paul Ifill and Leigh Bromby both tested the visitors' rearguard, before Unsworth finally snatched late glory.

Richard Duffy recklessly felled Alan Quinn inside the area, and the script was written for the former Everton defender to send The Blades to the top of the league.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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